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Healing in Medieval Christianity

Amanda Porterfield

in Healing in the History of Christianity

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195157185
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157185.003.0012
Healing in Medieval Christianity

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This chapter discusses healing in medieval Christianity and the changes it underwent during its expansion. Christian healing expanded in Africa, Asia, and Europe through devotion to the miraculous healing powers of saints and their relics. The profusion of miracles in medieval Christendom reflected Christianity's new locale and the diverse cultures onto which it was grafted. This hybridization of Christian and pre-Christian traditions was more unchecked in the West than in the East, where orthodox expectations about religious experience were well articulated and highly conservative, and where governmental, ecclesiastical, and private philanthropies were better coordinated.

Keywords: healing; Christianity; Africa; Asia; Europe; saints; miracles; West; East

Chapter.  10726 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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